Date

November 10th - November 11th, 2020

Location

Virtual

Speakers

13 Professional Speakers

2020 NaBITA Virtual Conference

Conference Dates & Times
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 | 10:00am - 6:00pm ET
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 | 10:00am - 6:00pm ET

NaBITA is pleased to announce our 2020 NaBITA Virtual Conference lineup. As always, the Annual NaBITA Conference is the leading conference in the field of behavioral intervention, threat assessment, and case management for schools, campuses, and workplaces. Since our first Conference in 2009, we have provided a space for professionals to come together with colleagues and share resources while also learning from and engaging with experts in the field. This year’s virtual conference will deliver conference sessions in a highly interactive format, leveraging distance technology resources to create opportunities for resource sharing, networking, and enhanced learning environments. It is NaBITA’s commitment to you to deliver a virtual conference that is robust, flexible, highly engaging, and valuable to those working in the field of behavior intervention, case management, and safety.

Please contact the NaBITA team at conference@nabita.org with any questions.

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Hear from NaBITA’s subject matter experts Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D., Allison Frost, and Makenzie Schiemann, M.S. on what makes the first virtual NaBITA Conference unique, and why you won’t want to miss it!

Session Tracks

For this year’s 2020 Virtual Conference we are offering three conference tracks: BIT Operations, Case Management, and Safety and Threat Assessment. As a conference attendee, you are able to choose your own conference experience by either moving seamlessly between sessions across the three tracks, receiving content in all three content areas, or you can choose to only attend sessions aligned with one track, receiving targeted content for your area of interest.

The three tracks are represented by symbols:

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Case Management

⚠ Safety and Threat Assessment

Pricing

Conference Registration
Conference Member Rate: $299
Conference Non-Member Rate: $399

Bundled Pricing
Purchase a 2020 September-December Training & Certification Course and receive a 15% discount on your Conference fee! You must register for the course first and then you will have the option to add the conference to your cart, where the discount will be applied. 

Recording Package Only:
Recording Package Only: $299/person

Click HERE to purchase the recording package.

The Recording Package is available for Pre-Purchase and will be in available 7-10 days after the conference. Please note, the recording package will not include the Live Q&A’s, Roundtables, and Receptions.

Event Schedule

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Conference Orientation: Who, What, Where?

Monday, November 9th from 4:00pm-5:30pm ET

Welcome to the 2020 NaBITA Virtual Conference! Let us help you get your bearings for our first ever conference with three dedicated tracks, all delivered virtually. This session will introduce attendees to the an over view of BIT, the history of NaBITA, the conference and advice on how to get the most out of a virtual NaBITA Conference!

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Opening Keynote Session

Tuesday, November 10th from 10:00am-11:30am ET

Kristina Anderson founded the The Koshka Foundation for Safe Schools, a non-profit dedicated to helping local community and school stakeholders work together to prevent, respond and heal in the aftermath of school violence, after becoming one of the most critically injured survivors from the 2007 Virginia Tech tragedy. Shot 3 times, Ms. Anderson returned to graduate from Virginia Tech with a degree in International Studies and Foreign Languages, and is now a resource to school administrators, teachers and students within higher education and K-12 regarding violence prevention initiatives and ways to increase individual personal safety awareness. The Koshka Foundation also partners with law enforcement agencies and first responders to provide educational presentations on surviving an active shooter from a survivor’s perspective, and best practices in incorporating lessons learned.

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Emergency Preparedness Panel Discussion - A Case Study from the Mental Health, Legal, and Law Enforcement Perspective

Tuesday, November 10th from 11:45am-1:00pm ET

Effectively responding to crises requires a coordinated, balanced effort relying on a multidisciplinary approach. This panel represents professionals across functional roles including, law enforcement, administration, legal risk, and counseling. The panelists will present a case study and discuss how school campus administrators and first responders can work collaboratively to respond holistically and effectively to large scale campus crises, including developing administrative procedures and systems, coordinating a tactical response, and ensuring emotional and psychological support.

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Standards of Practice for Case Management

Tuesday, November 10th from 11:45am-1:00pm ET

This session will explore the standards for case management practices. Whether your school has case management as a position or you are practicing case management as a process, presenters will discuss strategies to enhance your efforts and ensure your programs and process are in line with national standards of practice. During this session, we will discuss various types of case management, including NaBITA’s recommendations and best practices. Additionally, participants will gain valuable insight to develop services that ensure students receive holistic, wrap-around services and support beyond the moment of crisis.

 

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Building Your BIT

Tuesday, November 10th from 11:45am-1:00pm ET

Join Brian Van Brunt, NaBITA’s President, as he shares best practices and approaches on how to successfully build a Behavioral Intervention Team from the ground up. Whether you are a new team or looking for some advice to make your process truly shine, this session is for you. During this session, Brian will discuss the core concepts of building a behavioral intervention team as well provide an training on the NaBITA Risk Rubric.

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Roundtable Discussions

Tuesday, November 10th from 2:00pm-3:00pm ET

Roundtable discussions will focus on topical areas, including:

  1. Case Management and Interventions: Partnering with Parents
  2. BIT Operations: Mandated Assessments – Process and Policy for your BIT
  3. Safety and Threat Assessment: Threat Assessment Standards

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K-12 and the BIT

Tuesday, November 10th from 3:15pm-4:30pm ET

Join the faculty as they discuss behavioral intervention teams within the specific context of a K-12 environment. In this session, participants will gain an understanding of BIT functions including, membership, meetings, creating a culture of safety, and coordination resources for K-12 students exhibiting concerning or distressing behaviors. Based on vast research and past incidents, presenters will describe best practices and provide guidance on developing and strengthening BIT procedures at your school.

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The Art of Engagement: Using Motivational Interviewing During Challenging Student Conversations

Tuesday, November 10th from 3:15pm-4:30pm ET

Effective decision-making for BIT and Threat Management Teams depends on a variety of factors, including the quality of the information gained from interviews with at-risk students. Even the most experienced professional can be challenged during these conversations since students often enter these interactions guarded, angry, hopeless and fearing for the worst. Motivational interviewing (MI) offers professionals a practical, common-sense style to engage students in difficult conversations through a caring, empathic and collaborative approach. This program will offer participants a brief overview of MI theory and principles, specific early interview MI engagement strategies, skills to respond more effectively to the reactive student, and ideas for structuring interviews that both elicit needed information, while also respecting the student’s readiness to move into more difficult topics.

 

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Looking Glass

Tuesday, November 10th from 3:15pm-4:30pm ET

Over the past year, there has been a sharp increase in threatening email communications and social media posts. When combined with the recent rise in worry, stress, and frustration from students, faculty and staff with the COVID-19 crisis, there is a need for a straightforward process to triage these concerns. Looking Glass is an easy to learn expert system designed to assess online and written content. This approach to evaluating online communications, written narratives and social media posts is a must-have supplemental to your existing violence risk and threat assessment process. Based on research from their upcoming book by Taylor and Francis, An Educator’s Guide to Assessing Threats in Student Writing: Social Media, Email, and other Narrative, the presenters will share this effective and efficacious approach with you and discuss how to asses threat through the psychological, criminal, student conduct and legal perspectives. During the session, we will teach the scoring of the system and demonstrate through three new cases how to apply the measure.

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The Impacts of Unconscious Bias in Suspensions

Wednesday, November 11th from 10:00am-11:15am ET

How does unconscious bias factor into who is being suspended, expelled and referred for special education? This session will cover what unconscious bias is and how it factors into the disproportionate rates of discipline experienced by students of color. Our biases impact our everyday interactions and while unconscious, our biases have major implications for those on the margins. Attendees will learn the science behind unconscious biases as well as the mechanisms that reinforce or help create our biases. We will discover the different types of biases, discuss our own possible biases, and gain the skill set needed to address our biases to create a more just and fair educational experience for all students’.

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Supporting Students and Ensuring Safety During and After Behavioral Health Hospitalizations

Wednesday, November 11th from 10:00am-11:15am ET

Behavioral health hospitalizations due to suicidality, thoughts of harm to others, or inability to care for oneself, can be stressful and challenging both for the student experiencing the hospitalization and the school. Leveraging their legal and mental health backgrounds, presenters will discuss high impact strategies for supporting students and ensuring safety during and after a behavioral health hospitalization including, how to conduct risk assessments, how to facilitate a hospitalization, communication with the hospital during the student’s stay and during discharge, and transitioning the student to the best level of care post-hospitalization.

  

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Legal Issues and the BIT

Wednesday, November 11th from 10:00am-11:15am ET

Join the presenters as they walk you through an overview of legal pitfalls and challenges BITs to face as related to student conduct, ADA/OCR, free speech, threat assessment, parental involvement, FERPA, HIPAA, and state confidentiality laws.

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Roundtable Discussions

Wednesday, November 11th from 11:30am-12:30pm ET

Roundtable discussions will focus on topical areas, including:

  1. Case Management and Interventions: Case Management Standards of Practice
  2. BIT Operations: BIT Recordkeeping
  3. Safety and Threat Assessment: Social Media Threat, Hacking, and Trolling

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Overlap of Conduct, Title IX, and BIT

Wednesday, November 11th from 1:30pm-2:45pm ET

Conduct officers, Title IX Coordinators and Investigators, and Behavioral Intervention/Care Teams often struggle to provide equitable and fair conduct processes while also dealing with aspects of the student’s struggle with mental health or emotional difficulties. Join Makenzie and Scott as they share their collective BIT, conduct, Title IX, and legal expertise on how to effectively support a student through BIT while addressing conduct or Title IX concerns. Presenters will explore commonly shared cases among conduct, Title IX, and BIT, as well as present practical strategies on how the three areas should communicate and collaborate on cases that overlap.

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Case Management and Interventions in a Virtual Setting

Wednesday, November 11th from 1:30pm-2:45pm ET

Case managers have a responsibility to provide services to students even as their colleges or universities shift to a virtual environment. To the extent possible, remote case management services and interventions should be equitable to those offered in person. Presenters will discuss practical strategies for delivering effective case management services in an online or remote environment, including one-on-one appointments, referrals to resources, follow-up and wrap around care, and collaboration and consultation with others. Additionally, presenters will explore how to sustain virtual case management services with the regular and on-going practices even after campuses are fully operational and open.

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The Rise of the Incel

Wednesday, November 11th from 1:30pm-2:45pm ET

In recent months, there has been a sharp rise in incel-related violence. This violence has been devastating, and is likely to increase given the nature of the current pandemic. The core concern are isolated male students who are radicalized online and encouraged to move toward violence by this community. Incel ideologies are behind several high-profile attacks, including the Umpqua Community College Attack, Parkland High School, Sandy Hook Elementary School, Downtown Toronto Van Attack, Isla Vista Attack and the LA Fitness attack in Collier, Pennsylvania. This program will help bring this issue to light for campus BIT and Threat teams, and will offer an explanation of the incel philosophy, how to assess it, and how to intervene to prevent violence.

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Protests, Activism, and the BIT

Wednesday, November 11th from 3:00pm-4:15pm ET

Join us as we discuss the complex and passionate issues related to systemic racism, the need for transparency and accountability in police practices, town/gown relationships, and the need for civil discourse. This program will involve a detailed and exciting discussion along with a collection of takeaway materials including discussion starters and questions, group exercises, rules for fair arguments, a leader guide, and instructional materials on microaggressions, bias awareness, and how to identify stress and burnout in employees.

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Conducting a Good Intake and First Appointment

Wednesday, November 11th from 3:00pm-4:15pm ET

We’ve all heard the sayings about first impressions and first appointments with a student are no different. A strong, helpful, and effective first appointment, or Intake, can be critical in collecting good information, building rapport, and ultimately in building the foundation for accomplishing goals. In this session, presenters will discuss strategies for conducting a good intake or first appointment including using intake and screening forms, building rapport and demonstrating empathy, asking effective questions, and ending the appointment in a way that fosters success.

 

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Closing Plenary Session

Wednesday, November 11th from 4:30pm-6:00pm ET

John-Michael Keyes and A.J DeAndrea will together deliver a plenary session for attendees on the final day of the conference. Keyes is one of the founders of The “I Love U Guys” Foundation, and father to Emily Keyes, who was killed in the 2006 Platte Canyon High School shooting. DeAndrea was one of the first officers inside Platte Canyon High School, as well as Columbine and the Youth with a Mission church shootings. They will come together to share their experiences and discuss the “Standard Response Protocol” and school safety measures.

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Optional Networking Opportunity

Wednesday, November 18th from 3:00pm-5:00pm ET

Regroup with NaBITA Conference faculty a week later and ask your most pressing follow-up questions in this optional networking event!

Event Speakers

Kristina Anderson

Executive Director, Koshka Foundation

Kristina Anderson founded the The Koshka Foundation for Safe Schools, a non-profit dedicated to helping local community and school stakeholders work together to prevent, respond and heal in the afterm...

Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D.

President, NaBITA

Brian Van Brunt is a Partner in TNG, the President of the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA), and a past-president of the American College Counseling Association (ACCA). He has...

A.J. DeAndrea

Deputy Chief, Arvada Police Department

As one of the responding officers at both the Columbine High School and Platte Canyon High School shootings, A.J. DeAndrea has become an internationally-known expert on active shooters. He trains law ...

David J. Denino, LPC, NCC

Director Emeritus of Counseling Services, Southern Connecticut State University

David J. Denino has worked in higher education and college counseling over the past several decades and is Director Emeritus of Counseling Services at Southern Connecticut State University. He served ...

Allison Frost

Associate Consultant, TNG

Allison Frost is an Associate with TNG. Allison is intimately familiar with the day-to-day challenges facing colleges, universities, and schools, given her decade of experience within the Office of th...

Tammy Hodo, Ph.D.

President, All Things Diverse LLC

Dr. Hodo is from Milwaukee, WI. She obtained her doctorate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Urban Studies with a minor in Sociology. She has served in a variety of college administ...

John-Michael Keyes

Executive Director, The "I Love U Guys" Foundation

With his wife, Ellen, John-Michael founded the “I Love U Guys” Foundation in 2006 following a school shooting that took the life of their daughter, Emily. Since its inception, the Foundation has c...

W. Scott Lewis, J.D.

Partner, TNG

W. Scott Lewis, J.D. is a Partner with TNG, LLC. He is a co-founder and advisory board member of ATIXA, the Association for Title IX Administrators and NaBITA, the National Behavioral Intervention Tea...

Makenzie Schiemann, M.S. Ed

Vice President of Case Management Initiatives and Executive Director, NaBITA

Makenzie Schiemann is the Vice President for Case Management Initiatives and Executive Director for the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA). Makenzie started her professional ca...

Robert Scholz, MA, LMFT, LPCC

Licensed Psychotherapist and Higher Education Crisis Management Consultant and Trainer

Robert Scholz, M.A., LMFT, LPCC is dually licensed in California as a Marriage and Family Therapist and Professional Clinical Counselor. Robert has served in many clinical and leadership roles over ...

Saundra Schuster, J.D.

Partner, TNG

Saunie Schuster is a Partner with TNG, a national risk management legal consulting firm. Ms. Schuster is a recognized expert in preventive and civil rights law for education, notably in the fields of...

Jacques S. Whitfield, J.D.

Senior Consultant, Trainer, and Presenter, CPS HR Consulting

Jacques has over 20 years of experience in human resources management, employment relations and legal compliance matters for both public sector and private sector employers. His public sector experien...

Carolyn Reinach Wolf, J.D.

Executive Partner, Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara, Wolf & Carone, LLP

Carolyn Reinach Wolf is an Executive Partner in the law firm of Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara, Wolf & Carone, LLP and Director of the Firm's Mental Health Law practice locat...

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All registration fees include attendance for both days of training and extensive training materials. Registration fees apply to all attendees, including Super Members and retainer clients.

All individuals who purchase the recording package will receive access to all conference sessions except live Q&A’s, rountables, and networking opportunities.

NaBITA reserves the right to record any of our courses. Participating indicates your assent to being recorded, and for that recording to be used by NaBITA for any purposes. If you prefer not to be recorded, please contact us once you register, and we will make arrangements for your participation without identification.

For this year’s 2020 Virtual Conference we are offering three conference tracks: BIT Operations, Case Management, and Safety and Threat Assessment. As a conference attendee, you are able to choose your own conference experience by either moving seamlessly between sessions across the three tracks, receiving content in all three content areas, or you can choose to only attend sessions aligned with one track, receiving targeted content for your area of interest.

The three tracks are represented under each session description by the following symbols:

Busts in Silhouette Emoji, Apple style BIT Operations

Case Management

⚠ Safety and Threat Assessment

This training will be hosted virtually, via Zoom.

Registered attendees will receive a code to sign into the training via Zoom Web Conferencing Services. Sign-in will be required for all days of training. A recording of the training will be sent to each live attendee.

NaBITA will be hosting a live conference orientation prior to the start of the conference for you to interact with other attendees and faculty. There is also a post-conference networking opportunity the following week.

In addition, NaBITA will be using the Guidebook app throughout the conference. With the app, you can:

  • Connect with other attendees
  • Upload photos to social media
  • View the full conference schedule
  • Review session abstracts and speaker bios
  • Build your own daily schedule so you know where to go and when
  • And so much more!

There will also be plenty of opportunity for live Q&A throughout the two days.

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The entire schedule of events can be found here.

The full schedule will also be available via the Guidebook app, prior to the conference.

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